Previously I wrote an article about how you can remineralize your teeth and reverse tooth decay naturally, and one of the steps in that process is to use a remineralizing toothpaste that you can make at home. I personally use this toothpaste at home and while the taste and texture take a little getting used to, the toothpaste itself works wonders for my teeth!
Why Do I Need A Remineralizing Toothpaste?
In my article on how to remineralize teeth naturally, I talked about how diet plays a major factor in the health of our teeth and bones. While diet alone can substantially help our oral health and reverse tooth decay, using a remineralizing toothpaste can speed up the process and also help protect our teeth from future damage.
Conventional toothpaste contains ingredients that not only can be harmful to us, but actually prevent our teeth from healing naturally. By eliminating those chemicals from our daily oral health routine, we can allow our teeth to begin the process of healing, which our bodies are fully capable of doing on their own.
Some of the ingredients in conventional toothpaste are listed here:
- FD&C Blue Dye No. 2 – Used as a common color additive in many toothpastes, this dye has been linked to hyperactivity in children, and has shown a significant increase in brain cancers among male laboratory rats when taken in high doses.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – A common industrial detergent used in many personal care products, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) has been shown to cause skin corrosion, irritation, canker sores, and many other health issues.
- Triclosan – This anti-microbial ingredient is registered as a pesticide, and studies have linked the chemical with skin irritation and hormone disruption in lab animals.
- Polyethylene (Microbeads) – Tiny plastic beads found in several conventional toothpaste brands used as an abrasive to clean teeth. These beads are so small that most water treatment plants can’t filter them out, which results in them getting into our drinking water. They have also been shown to get trapped under your gums, which can possibly lead to trapped bacteria and gingivitis.
If wanting to heal your teeth naturally isn’t enough to use a homemade toothpaste, the reasons above should definitely be. There are a lot of scary ingredients in the products we consume on a daily basis, but we can minimize our exposure and regain our health by taking a natural approach to our personal care products. When in doubt, make it at home!
Benefits Of Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste
One major benefit of a homemade toothpaste is that you know exactly what ingredients are in it, so no more need to worry if you’re potentially jeopardizing your health with so-called “natural” products from the store. I find that it’s actually quite easy to make most personal care products at home, and also quite fun! There’s something genuinely satisfying about knowing you made a product from scratch that you know is safe for your body.
I’ve personally experienced several incredible changes once I switched from my minty chemical laden toothpaste to this homemade remineralizing one. The first thing I noticed was that my teeth weren’t as sensitive to cold food or beverages. Because of the remineralizing ingredients in the toothpaste, my teeth were starting to heal themselves and gain back that protective coating that helps protect them from cold or hot sensitivities. Yay!
Other changes include having naturally whiter teeth, and also one of the cleanest feeling teeth. My breath also seems a lot fresher than it did when I was using a conventional toothpaste, which I attribute to the fact that all the ingredients are natural thus allowing my teeth and gums to rebalance and stay healthy. Homemade natural toothpaste is an important step in ridding yourself of unnecessary and dangerous toxins and chemicals.
Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe
And now on to the recipe!
- 5 tbsp Calcium Carbonate Powder
- 3 tbsp Activated Charcoal (for natural whitening and detox)
- 2 tbsp Baking Soda (aluminum free)
- 3 tbsp Xylitol Powder– (this is an optional ingredient, but can help cut down the bitter taste)
- 3-5 tbsp Coconut Oil for desired texture
- 20-40 drops of Liquid Trace Minerals
- Optional ingredients: Essential Oils for flavor (peppermint, orange, and cinnamon are great choices)
- Mix all the dry powder ingredients in a bowl (Calcium, Baking Soda, Xylitol).
- Add in the coconut oil (un-melted) a tablespoon at a time to achieve the desired consistency. It should be thick like a paste, but not too thick.
- Add in the liquid trace minerals and any optional essential oils for flavor. (I use peppermint oil for a minty, cooling effect)
- Store in an small empty container. To use, either dip your toothbrush into the paste, or use a popsicle stick to help scoop the mixture out if it’s too thick.
The overall taste of the toothpaste will be a lot different than conventional toothpaste, so it will require a little getting adjusted to. The baking soda can cause it to taste salty, which is where the xylitol powder comes in to help balance out the bitterness. I find that adding the essential oils to the mixture really helps add back that “toothpaste” flavor.
Also, the coconut oil can start to soften and melt at warm temperatures which won’t affect the quality of the toothpaste, but can affect the texture. Store it in a cool place on hot days, or pop it in the fridge to solidify it quickly.
Have you tried making your own natural toothpaste at home? Share your recipe and experience below!